Governor Rauner – State department Appointments

·        Five department heads appointed.  The turnaround-oriented governor announced his appointment of five new heads of State departments on Friday, January 23.  The departments are Central Management Services, Financial and Professional Regulation, Human Rights, Labor, and State Police.   Interim directors will remain in their day-to-day supervisory positions pending confirmation of these new appointments by the Illinois Senate.  

The new head of the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (DFPR), lawyer Bryan Schneider, is a veteran of Illinois House Republican staff service.  After serving as the House Republicans’ general counsel, Schneider moved to the private sector as an executive-level practitioner for Deerfield-based Walgreens.  Schneider has also served as Chairman of the State Board of Elections.  Dually trained to practice law and accountancy, Schneider will head a key agency that oversees the professional licensing of qualified Illinois professionals.